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American Indian Literature  

A guide to resources related to Native American literature, history and culture.
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  • Native American Authors
    This website provides information on Native North American authors with bibliographies of their published works, biographical information, and links to online resources including interviews, online texts and tribal websites. Currently the website primarily contains information on contemporary Native American authors, although some historical authors are represented. The website will continue to expand, adding additional authors, books and web resources.
  • American Indians in Children's Literature
    Established in 2006, American Indians in Children's Literature (AICL) provides critical perspectives and analysis of indigenous peoples in children's and young adult books, the school curriculum, popular culture, and society. Scroll down for links to book reviews, Native media, and more.
  • PBS Circle of Stories
    Circle of Stories uses documentary film, photography, artwork and music to honor and explore Native American storytelling.
  • Native American Authors-- Goodreads
    Popular books by Native American authors.
  • National Museum of the American Indian
    Smithsonian Museum dedicated to Native American history and culture.
  • American Memory: Native American History-- Library of Congress
    Primary Sources about Native American history and culture.
  • Indians/Native American History-- National Archives
    Federal records and primary sources related to Native American history.
  • Native Web
    NativeWeb is an international, nonprofit, educational organization dedicated to using telecommunications including computer technology and the Internet to disseminate information from and about indigenous nations, peoples, and organizations around the world; to foster communication between native and non-native peoples; to conduct research involving indigenous peoples' usage of technology and the Internet; and to provide resources, mentoring, and services to facilitate indigenous peoples' use of this technology.

Web Resources

  • Indiginous People's Literature Index
    These articles are part of a collection of writings celebrating the rich and diverse cultures of Indigenous Peoples' that thoughtfully assert the sovereign rights of the Peoples' of North and South America. This body of work was researched and cataloged by Glenn Welker and graciously shared with and first published on
  • Early Native American Literature
    Information about 18th & 19th Century Native American writers.
  • Books, Full Texts and eTexts
    University of Virginia's etext project is scanning old books whose copyrights have expired -- mostly early 20th-century, some 19th. Included here are Native American articles e-textified, mostly from the late 19th and early 20th century.
  • Words & Place: Native Literature from the American Southwest
    In the late 1970s, videotapes were produced at the University of Arizona in cooperation with KUAT-TV and funded by a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities. Intended for instructional use, the tapes were tested successfully in college courses across the country. The programs were produced with the permission, cooperation and support of the Indian communities they record. They are now made available through this website to an international audience.
  • Story Tellers
    Native American storytellers online.
  • Native American Oral Narrative
    Essay about Native American Oral Narratives genre.
  • Native American Sacred Texts
    Native American religion, mythology and folklore are covered extensively at this site.
  • Edward S. Curtis-- The North American Indian
    Edward Sheriff Curtis published The North American Indian between 1907 and 1930 with the intent to record traditional Indian cultures. The work comprises twenty volumes of narrative text and photogravure images. Each volume is accompanied by a portfolio of large photogravure plates. The entire work is presented here, supported largely by funds from the Institute for Museum and Library Services.

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